My course gave me the understanding of the subject that underpins my work now as an Assistant Psychologist
I found Psychology fascinating at A Level. I loved that it explored topics that I have always thought about, but framed them in a more scientific way. I was keen to further my understanding of psychological theories and learn more about the research that is currently taking place. Therefore, the Psychology degree offered here at the University of Sheffield was the perfect choice.
My first experience of managing my own research project was in my second year, where I carried out two studies as part of the Psychological Concepts and Skills module. My enjoyment of this module encouraged me to apply for a 32-hour paid research placement with the Sheffield Autism Research Lab (ShARL).
Not only have I received first-hand experience of carrying out a research project, but I have also had the opportunity to work with a clinical population, in this case individuals with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder
For this placement, I worked in a team of three to demonstrate a behavioural task (a live-action false belief task) to individuals with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The project supervisors were extremely passionate, and welcomed my own insights into the project. As I enjoyed the placement so much, I continued with the project for my dissertation.
I am contemplating pursuing a career in either research or Clinical Psychology. My placement with ShARL has given me invaluable experience for both avenues; not only have I received first-hand experience of carrying out a research project, but I have also had the opportunity to work with a clinical population, in this case individuals with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
After graduating, I decided to prioritise pursuing opportunities to gain some clinical experience. I am currently an Assistant Psychologist working in a neurodevelopmental pathway for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
One of the main aspects of my role is assessing children for Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Therefore, the placement with ShARL provided me with unique experience that was very relevant. Furthermore, the course at the University of Sheffield gave me a solid understanding of how psychological theory, research and practice interrelate - an understanding that underpins my work as Assistant Psychologist.
I am incredibly proud of being a graduate of the University of Sheffield, and in the future I hope to study here again for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
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